Making Policy

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

in Political Power and Women’s Representation in Latin America

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731954
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866571 | DOI:
Making Policy

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Policymaking is one of the most important aspects of substantive representation. This chapter examines the bills that female and male legislators sponsor, cosponsor, and debate in Argentina, Colombia, and Costa Rica. In all three countries, female legislators are more likely to sponsor, cosponsor, and debate women’s issue bills. However, male and female legislators’ similar attitudes on other political issues do not always translate into gender equality in bill sponsorship behavior. In Colombia, women are as likely as men to focus on a diverse array of issues. In Argentina and Costa Rica, female legislators are more likely than male legislators to sponsor some social issues and are less likely to focus on some men’s domain issues. Women substantively represent women by placing greater priority on women’s issues in all three countries, but at the same time, appear to be marginalized in their bill sponsorship behavior in some legislatures.

Keywords: women; substantive representation; bill sponsorship; bill cosponsorship; debates; policymaking; women’s issues; Argentina; Colombia; Costa Rica

Chapter.  9284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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